The Highest Point On The Parkway
The highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway is 6,053 feet at Richland Balsam Overlook, Milepost 431 in North Carolina.
It’s no secret that we love the Blue Ridge Parkway! An early morning ride took us to this overlook and as always, it didn’t disappoint. It was a beautiful, clear, crisp morning and the smoke was rising from the Smoky Mountains, giving us a beautiful view!
There is also a short trail that you can hike through a spruce-fir forest that brings you to the true summit of the mountain. This summit is about 400 feet higher and overlooks the spruce-fir forest and ferns. Although the views at this summit aren’t as beautiful as the Blue Ridge Parkways overlook, it is still a beautiful hike!
About The Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway begins in Virginia, just after Skyline Drive leaves Shenandoah National Park.
The road winds about 200 miles south before reaching North Carolina and passes through the Jefferson National Forest and the George Washington National Forest.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway in the USA. It is known for its amazing scenic beauty!
The parkway is the longest linear park, running 469 miles. It runs through 29 counties in Virginia and North Carolina, and it links the Shenandoah National Park to The Great Smoky Mountains.
Favorite Stops On The Parkway
Have you visited the Blue Ridge Parkway? What are your favorite overlooks and towns? Leave us a comment and let us know so that we can visit them too!
We have ridden the parkway in all kinds of weather. Of course, a sunny day is our favorite! We really enjoyed Plott Balsam and Big Witch overlooks.